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Today's News

  • Vehicle property tax receipts available online

    Taxpayers can retrieve their paid 2017 vehicle property tax receipts online from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles to use when they file this year’s income tax returns. Vehicle owners can view and print their vehicle property tax receipts through the MyDMV web portal.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we passed the bill known as the “class size fix” for elementary schools, we continued to hold dozens of committee meetings, I was able to attend meetings back here in the district, and candidate filing started all over the state.

  • Congress quietly creates a new health care crisis

    By Pamela Tripp

    Guest Columnist

    A virulent flu season is under way and the number of opioid overdoses

    continues to climb, yet our public health is more vulnerable than ever because Community Health Centers like CommWell Health are running out of time and money.

    Critical funding for our program expired Oct. 1, 2017. Since then, all health centers have been operating under a “funding cliff.”

  • Sunset Beach accomplished much last year

    By Robert A. Forrester

    Guest Columnist

    During calendar year 2017, Sunset Beach town staff and town council addressed and accomplished a substantial number of matters. A brief synopsis follows:

    Litigation

  • The Beacon moves to new press plant in Charleston, S.C.

    Something’s different about your Beacon this week, but it’s so subtle you may not be able to figure out what it is.

    I’ll go ahead and tell you: The pages are a smidgen shorter but a skosh wider.

    Something else has changed, too: What’s printed on the pages should be much crisper and easier to read.

    Want more good news?

    Although our community news deadline remains noon Thursdays, we expect to work through our backlog of submissions much more quickly — and soon.

  • Here we go

    Editor’s note: This editorial is republished with permission from the (Greenwood, S.C.) Index-Journal.

     

    Here

    we

    go.

     

    Yet

    again.

     

    Another

    school

  • Leland Police reports

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made these arrests in the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Feb. 12

    Identity theft to purchase real estate.

    Communicating threats by making gestures toward the victim and trespassing.

    Larceny of a bicycle worth $100 from a yard on Rampart Street.

    Feb. 13

    Communicating threats at a Heartwood Drive residence.

    Simple worthless check by writing a check then closing the bank account.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made these following arrests in the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Feb. 7

    Larceny of a laptop and other equipment worth $400 from Wal-Mart on Main Street.

    Feb. 12

    Breaking and entering a Bay Village Street residence, injury to personal property, safe cracking and larceny of three handguns, three rifles, a shotgun and other items worth $5,000.

    Feb. 16

  • Duo to spend decades in prison for Leland woman’s slaying

    WHITEVILLE — Two of the three people charged in the 2015 killing of a Leland woman in a plot to steal her money and car each were sentenced to decades in prison Wednesday.

    Robeson County Superior Court Judge Robert Floyd sentenced Michael Jesse Williams, 33, and Kayla Turner, 21, separately for their roles in the death of Alicia Deans, a 26-year old mother of two, on April 28, 2015.

  • Brunswick County author documents Washington’s bloodline

    Just in time for celebrating George Washington’s 286th birthday, Brunswick County author and Washington descendant Mary Shawn Russell has unveiled her comprehensive reference, “Washington’s Bloodline.”

    The book is described as a documentation of 380 years of American history as revealed through the long-lost branch of Washington’s family tree and contains little-known facts providing a glimpse into the life of America’s premier first family.